Monthly Archives: February 2006

Truck driver shortage leads to new recruitment approaches

New York Times reports on growing nationwide shortage of qualified over the road truck drivers, and efforts to recruit Hispanics, women, etc. to fill the gap.
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Tired truckers deadly in Alabama

Birmingham News reports 104 deaths in three years in Alabama due to truck driver fatigue. Those numbers are almost certainly underreported due to law enforcement officers lacking time and resources to investigate beyond drivers’ paper logs.
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“Contingent Liability Endorsement” in trucking insurance context

Freight broker’s “Contingent Liability Endorsement” may supplement motor carrier’s insurance coverage if and only if the carrier has coverage less than the minimum amount required by law.
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New York appellate court relaxes Daubert tests on causation evidence

NY court warns against too strict an application of Daubert test can result in prematurely choking off valid claims.
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Two new studies point to future non-embryonic stem cell treatments for brain injuries

Potential non-embryonic sources of stem cells from inside the brain and from cord blood for future treatments of brain injury.
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Frivolous Daubert motions continue to seek exclusion of routine testimony by treating physicians

Many Daubert motions to exclude opinions of treating physicians are without merit.
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Septic tank truck causes crash in Gainesville, passenger may lose leg

Teen may lose leg due to truck crash.
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New technique for stretching axonal connections may lead to new treatment for spinal cord injury

Stretching axonal connections to prepare neural network to transplant into damages nerve tissues.
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Interesting admissions of a trucking company safety director

Trucking company safety director admits driver said he was asleep, and company was not utilizing any of the fancy technology it bought for tracking trucks.
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Malpractice premiums and insurance profits continue to soar

Tort reform passed, but malpractice insurers with soaring profits continue to increase doctors’ premiums despite the lack of relationship between stripping patients’ rights and cost of malpractice insurance.
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